Audio books have improved my life times 1,000. They make boring or annoying tasks go by in the blink of an eye. Now, when I’m pounding away on the treadmill or swiping on mascara, I’m also reading at the same time. Such luxury! If you’re not on the audio book train yet, you need to get on board!

Without further ado, here are some audio books I’ve had in my ears recently. I’ve got three different romances for you--one charming historical with a side dish of mystery, a contemporary novella set in New York City, and another contemporary about London stage actors!

Think of England by KJ Charles

This book has conspiracy, blackmail, murder, a palpable sense of danger, and somehow alongside all of that a healthy dose of humor and a charming and sexy romance. I also enjoyed the setting--England at the turn of the 20th century--something a little different than the oft-used Regency period. The action takes place at a fancy country house, where Captain Archie Curtis has come with the secret goal of finding out if the malfunctioning weapons that damaged his hand and killed several of his comrades were deliberately sabotaged. Distracting him from his quest is fellow guest Daniel da Silva, whose flamboyance and flirting Curtis finds dreadfully over the top (but somehow he can’t seem to look away). Our two heroes band together to investigate what’s behind their hosts’ proper facade, but their discoveries put them into some serious hot water. Funny, steamy, and suspenseful!

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is one of my favorite romance authors--whether contemporary or historical, her writing is always top-notch and her characters are complex and compelling. I read and loved A Duke by Default last year, and this novella is from the same series. It’s about two women who get a second chance at love when they run into each other on the subway months after breaking up. We follow Likotsi and Fabiola on a whirlwind tour of New York City as they reconnect and reconsider what went wrong with their relationship the first time around. There’s lots of discussion of feelings and hashing out of issues, which isn’t always my favorite thing in romance, but I was definitely invested in Likotsi and Fab and wanted them to find happiness. And I can’t help but mention that every cover in this series is absolutely gorgeous!

Act Like It by Lucy Parker

My sister-in-law Belinda recommended this book to me ages ago, and I should not have waited so long to jump in! As someone who is pretty picky about contemporary romance, I loved that this series is set in the world of London stage actors. And I cannot resist the fake relationship trope! Lainie is recovering from a humiliating public breakup when the powers that be at the theater determine that in order to rehabilitate the public image of her crotchety costar Richard, he and Lainie have to pretend to date. They’re hoping that she’s wholesome enough to tame his cranky bad-boy reputation. Of course, Richard is an a-hole and has never given Lainie the time of day, so it’s going to require all her acting skills to convince everyone they’re in love. Until they fall in love for real, that is! *swoon* Looking forward to the next book in the series!